SARARA TREE CAMP - NAMUNYAK CONSERVANCY - MATHEW MOUNTAINS - NORTHERN KENYA
Sarara is found within the lands of the Namunyak Wildlife Conversation Trust which lies folded around the southern corner of the fabled Mathews Mountain Range of northern Kenya. The camp has just six luxury tents and a private house with two bedrooms ideal for families or groups of friends. This is home of the proud Samburu tribes people, a group of semi-nomadic pastoralists who have long shown tolerance for the wildlife that co-exists alongside their cattle.
The conservation work carried out by the Namunyak Trust to date has been hugely successful. As a result of the severe ivory poaching crisis of the 70’s and early 80’s there were no recorded elephants remaining in the Mathews Ranges by 1985. Today, several thousand elephants are living and breeding peacefully in the southern Mathews Range area. Together with a variety of other wildlife species such as buffalo, lion, leopard, cheetah, African wild dog, greater and lesser kudu, gerenuk, reticulated giraffe, impala and dik dik.
Sarara Tree Camp is perched in the Namunyak Wildlife Conversation Trust in the south of the Mathews Mountain Range in northern Kenya.
The Sarara Tree Camp has just eight tents and is nestled into a forest glade within an hour’s walk of Sarara Camp or a 25 minute drive. The treehouses emerge out of the forest canopy and a main mess area and swimming pool has incredible views of Mount Uarges - one of the seven sacred mountains to the Samburu.
Elephant, buffalo, leopard, bushbuck and a wide array of other life roam beneath you on the forest floor, offering incredible wildlife experiences from the comfort of your beautifully appointed tree tent. This solar powered camp is entirely eco-friendly with every precaution and expense taken to preserve the natural habitat surrounding it.
The Sarara Tree Camp is entirely community-owned.
ACTIVITIES AND WILDLIFE
Game drives - Sarara has established itself as one of the hot spots for quality leopard viewing in Africa and equally, for close-up sightings of the normally extremely shy lesser kudu antelope. African wild dogs are frequently encountered in the Sarara valley too. Elephant, buffalo, giraffe, gerenuk, impala and warthogs are now regularly seen on game drives and bush walks and are very much on the increase in numbers. Unusual sightings include striped hyena, aardwolf, civet cat, African wild cat, greater kudu, grevy zebra and cheetah.
Early morning game drives are a good time for seeing giraffe, kudu, and elephants. Starting off early the guides can have you back in time for breakfast at camp or you can take a picnic breakfast out in the bush.
Night drives - takes you out into the bush to search for the nocturnal star of Sarara - the leopard. Leopard sightings are currently running at around 80% for guests staying three nights.
Horse riding - one of the best ways to view game is on horseback with Sarara's bush ponies
Guided walks - Samburu naturalist guides can take you out for an early morning walk through the bush to take an up close and personal look at the glorious flora and fauna surrounding the camp. If you wish you can have breakfast on a hilltop or in a dry river bed.
Reteti Elephant Sanctuary - a visit to the Reteti Elephant Sanctuary is one of the best things you can do to help strengthen the community and protect all elephants who live in the RESCUE center located on the Namunyak Wildlife Conservancy in northern Kenya. During your visit you will paired with a keeper who will accompany you the entire time to tell you about their work and answer any questions. From a special viewing platform you can watch the elephants come in from their walk to receive their bottles and then have mud hole playtime. Afterwards you will be given a behind the scenes tour of the sanctuary.
Samburu Village Visits - visit a local Samburu village and get to learn their culture and way of life
The Hide - get up close with the Ellies as they come to water and bath at the hide just below the main pool.
Water Slide - a fun way to spend your morning or afternoon away from the Camp
Il Konono Blacksmiths - an insight into the men who pass down from generation to generation the skill of crafting as you watch your bracelet being made for you.
Ololokwe Day visit – a full day trip with a packed breakfast and lunch out from Sarara to the sacred Mout Ololokwe.
Scenic Flights - private scenic flights can be arranged up to the famous Mount Kenya, sacred Mount Ol olokwe or up to the spectacular Lake Turkana. There is no better way to see the diverse landscape.
Singing Wells - Sarara means the meeting place and at the Singing wells all the neighbouring communities come together to water their wildlife as they sing and catch up on news around the community.
SARARA TREE CAMP IS CLOSED DURING NOVEMBER EVERY YEAR
THE CAMP WELCOMES CHILDREN OF ALL AGES - OLDER CHILDREN WOULD BE ABLE TO TAKE ADVANTAGE OF THE WONDERFUL ARRAY OF ACTIVITIES THE LODGE OFFERS